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Simon Reynolds
Simon Reynolds's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice, Digital Spy

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 94% All Is Lost (2013) A visually striking man versus nature story about enduring when the elements are conspiring against you. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 13, 2013
4/5 91% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) A sweetly funny and emotionally engaging piece about two brothers running along two different paths in life. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 12, 2013
2/5 21% Romeo and Juliet (2013) Tradition should not be a hindrance, but here's it's an absolute killer. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 11, 2013
5/5 96% Gravity (2013) Once the lights fade and darkness envelops the theatre you're part of Stone's journey through the infinite. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/5 33% Not Another Happy Ending (2013) It may not have the bite of a Bridesmaids, but in Gillan's sparky performance there's enough to keep you engaged for the duration. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 9, 2013
4/5 92% Sunshine on Leith (2013) Sunshine on Leith will send you out the cinema with high spirits and an old '80s classic burned back into your mind. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 30, 2013
4/5 81% Prisoners (2013) At the beating (if broken) heart of it all is Jackman, sunken eyes and permanent scowl, delivering a turn so intense it makes Wolverine's berserker rage look like an infant's hissy fit. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 23, 2013
2/5 30% Austenland (2013) The characters are cranked up to 11 and as cardboard as the Colin Firth Mr Darcy cutout that lurks creepily in Jane's apartment. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 23, 2013
4/5 79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) With its lovers on the lam, small time crooks and blue collar backdrop it has all the hallmarks of a '70s Bruce Springsteen song writ large on the big screen. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 2, 2013
4/5 85% Upstream Color (2013) In the best possible way it'll get under your skin like the parasitic worms dispensed by the Thief. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Aug 30, 2013
2/5 63% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) This is not a film. It's propaganda. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Aug 20, 2013
4/5 76% The Kings of Summer (2013) The spirit of Stand By Me lives on in The Kings of Summer, a poignant and frequently hilarious coming-of-age film about three teenage friends yearning for freedom and independence. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Aug 19, 2013
2/5 25% Planes (2013) Disney and Pixar are renowned for their trailblazing innovation, but everything about Planes smacks of safe, committee-driven filmmaking with an eye on the bottom line. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Aug 12, 2013
5/5 97% Jaws (1975) Quite simply, Jaws is a masterclass in blockbuster entertainment -- a tense, exciting thriller that redefined contemporary cinema. They don't make them like this anymore. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jul 29, 2013
2/5 13% The Smurfs 2 (2013) The name is seen as enough to fill the multiplexes, and there's something deeply cynical about that. You feel the Smurfs themselves would not approve. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3/5 87% Alan Partridge (2014) It takes a while to get over the strangeness of seeing Partridge on the big screen, but once the siege stirs into motion Coogan excels as Alan haplessly channels Spy Who Loved Me-era Roger Moore. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jul 24, 2013
3/5 69% The Wolverine (2013) Mangold clearly wants to make a classically-styled 'serious' picture, but he's caught between his legit filmmaker instincts and the requirements of a Hollywood blockbuster. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jul 17, 2013
4/5 88% Springsteen And I (2013) Springsteen & I is an emotionally raw, intimate glimpse at hero worship and what it is to be a Bruce fan. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jul 9, 2013
4/5 87% A Field in England (2014) A dizzying head trip of a film, a nutty cocktail of weirdness and surrealism with its protagonists plunging into an inescapable psychological abyss. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jun 30, 2013
3/5 73% Despicable Me 2 (2013) This sequel perhaps doesn't recapture that feeling of freshness and originality of its predecessor, but there's still an abundance of wit and humour on show to keep this animation ticking over nicely. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jun 20, 2013
2/5 56% Snitch (2013) What's undeniably credibility-cracking is the idea of The Rock as an Ordinary Joe in jeopardy. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jun 17, 2013
4/5 55% Man of Steel (2013) The most exhilarating and arresting interpretation of Superman yet. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jun 10, 2013
3/5 64% Epic (2013) Though it's packed with immaculate design and eye-catching aerial set pieces, the film is ultimately let down by a script that leans too heavily on fantasy adventures of yesteryear. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted May 20, 2013
2/5 26% 21 And Over (2013) There's probably a great comedy to be made about that daunting, awkward transition from youth to adulthood - 21 & Over just isn't it. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted May 3, 2013
3/5 48% I'm So Excited! (2013) It's as camp as Christmas and light as a feather, but there's fun to be had in this absurdist comedy in the clouds. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Apr 29, 2013
4/5 54% The Look of Love (2013) The unavoidable flickers of Alan Partridge often shine through, but that doesn't hinder Coogan from being an excellent, avuncular guide for this tour through the life of a man once dubbed The King of Soho. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Apr 22, 2013
3/5 53% Oblivion (2013) Kosinski piles up money shot after money shot (digitally enhancing desolate Iceland locations to good effect), while harnessing a soaring score from M83 to power along the ride. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Apr 9, 2013
2/5 29% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) A preposterous and messy 3D spectacle devoid of any kind of soul. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 29, 2013
2/5 19% Identity Thief (2013) There's barely a laugh to be found in this new comedy from Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 20, 2013
3/5 50% Welcome to the Punch (2013) Nimble-footed, glossy entertainment that wears its influences on its sleeve. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 11, 2013
2/5 41% Parker (2013) There's a black hole of chemistry between Statham and Lopez. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 6, 2013
2/5 28% Broken City (2013) We've seen all this before, and done much better. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Feb 25, 2013
3/5 46% To The Wonder (2013) Kurylenko is the filmmaker's twirliest female character of all, a Malick Pixie Dream Girl whose own crisis matters as much as that of her male counterpart's. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Feb 18, 2013
1/5 0% Run For Your Wife (2013) The end result feels more like a museum relic than a zinging contemporary comedy. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Feb 14, 2013
3/5 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) Ehrenreich and Englert make for an engagingly aloof screen couple, but head down the cast list and you'll find there's plenty of enjoyable scenery-chewing on show. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Feb 12, 2013
4/5 92% Side by Side (2012) Side by Side delves into areas too niche to entice the casual cinemagoer, but nevertheless this really is essential viewing for movie fans. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Feb 11, 2013
4/5 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) Wreck-It Ralph is a dazzling show of sound and colour, tipping its hat to the 8-bit era and modern-day touchstones. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Feb 4, 2013
2/5 47% Bullet to the Head (2013) It wouldn't be a shock if someone told you this flick was an unearthed straight-to-video blast-'em-up from Hill's heyday. Even then it would feel dated. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Feb 1, 2013
2/5 37% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) The whole endeavour feels like a hastily cobbled together attempt to cash in on the post-Oscars glory of The King's Speech. In the end, it's entirely forgettable. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jan 29, 2013
4/5 60% The Last Stand (2013) Forget the disappointing Expendables outings, The Last Stand is the Arnie comeback we've all been waiting for. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jan 22, 2013
5/5 92% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) The outcome is never in doubt, of course, but Bigelow's sublime skill as an action director comes into play as she's able to create tense shoot-outs viewed through infra-red goggles in the dead of night. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jan 21, 2013
4/5 69% Les Misérables (2012) Major awards nominations, big box office bucks and well-pleased crowds are a certainty. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Dec 13, 2012
2/5 6% So Undercover (2012) That the movie is slated for a straight-to-DVD release in the US next year is probably indicative of its cinematic potential. It all feels a little bit sitcommy. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Dec 3, 2012
3/5 70% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) This is an enjoyable and breezy enough watch thanks to its appealing lead duo. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Dec 3, 2012
2/5 49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) The Twilight Saga signs off on something of a whimper with Breaking Dawn - Part 2, despite the best intentions of those involved to bring some extra punch and spectacle to Stephenie Meyer's source novel. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Nov 16, 2012
2/5 25% Fun Size (2012) There's barely a laugh on the horizon as Fun Size ambles through a series of unremarkable set pieces, tumbleweed one-liners and awkward tonal shifts. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Nov 1, 2012
4/5 86% The Master (2012) This is a bold and ambitious drama about vilified outsiders who may just be kindred spirits. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 31, 2012
4/5 100% Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 (2012) A superb celebration of Bond's screen history and pop cultural impact. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 27, 2012
5/5 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Beasts is an extraordinary, deeply moving film that's one of the best of 2012. When the end credits roll - just like Hushpuppy - you'll feel like the king of the Bathtub. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 26, 2012
4/5 79% Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted may arrive with low expectations, but it's a pleasant surprise, sending its character barrelling across continents for a zippy, engaging 90-minute adventure. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 26, 2012